Thursday, February 9, 2017


we are a FORGETFUL people. in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, God shows us times when He encourages His people to do PHYSICAL, tangible things to REMEMBER the things He's done for them (have a feast on this day every year, put stones here so that you see them, etc.)

January 23, 2017, God broke my heart and softened it in ways I've prayed for for YEARS. I was willing, but not obedient (Isaiah 1:19). I wanted to do something to remember. for those moments when I wasn't sure, or failed, or forgot.

So I re-arranged Lincoln and Levi's room. Mostly just unbunked their beds. and cleaned some stuff out. and prayed a lot while I was doing it. It was an act of love (they love stuff like this!) and it was an act of staking my claim on the promises that God makes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


sunday afternoon family bingo. we did ALL the row, diagonal, whole board, "X", outside square, inside square......

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

homework with a screen

i'm constantly trying to fight how much time my kids spend in front of a screen. and then they bring home homework that HAS to be done on the computer. ugh. but he did look pretty cute laying there with his legs crossed behind him... ;-)

Monday, February 6, 2017

dreaming and planning

lots of dreaming about our big trip coming up this summer! we put the books and a notebook on the coffee table to everyone to write down things they'd love to see. it's been a fun thing to watch! now I need to get to work on the REAL planning!

christmas again!

we went to my parents house a few weeks after Christmas to celebrate with EVERYONE. and to also celebrate my mom's birthday that was coming up!

happy birthday to this amazing lady!!
my brother brought these Nutella filled things and they were AMAZING. I might have snuck one before it was even dessert time...

it was SO good to just be together.

Friday, February 3, 2017

setting the year ahead

 one of Pat's Christmas gifts was a night away. with me. :-)

we had a GREAT time. laughed and talked and just enjoyed each other.

we also talked a lot about the year ahead. we knew we were going to go on a BIG family trip this year, and we decided on a location! most of the trips we take are with other people - extended family or friends. and we wanted to do a trip JUST the 8 of us, before we can't anymore!
we bought a book to research it...and used that to tell the kids about it when we got home.
we are driving to Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks this coming June!!

she loves it

as a "little girl", bailey was not interested in ANY sport.

but the last couple years, she's really into soccer AND basketball! we'll see where it goes from here. you never know with that one...